Frequently Asked Questions

I feel like vomiting and don’t think I can drink any more. What should I do?
It is important that you continue drinking the solution if at all possible. Without a clean bowel, the doctor will not be able to see the inside of your colon to complete the examination. If you do vomit, wait 30 minutes, and begin drinking the solution again. If not improved, call us (if after hours contact the physician on call number 449-3381). Have a phone number of a pharmacy that is open, in case we need to call in a prescription.

I drank a lot of the solution and haven’t gone to the bathroom yet. What should I do?
Keep drinking. Most people have a bowel movement after an hour; some patients may take 2 hours or longer.

I am taking the prep and am now having loose, watery stools. Do I still need to drink the rest of the prep?
Yes, you may have solid stool higher in the colon that needs to be eliminated.

I already have diarrhea before taking the prep, do I still have to take the laxative?
Yes, you must take the prep as directed by your doctor.

I see yellow color in the toilet bowl and a few flecks. What do I do?
If you have drank the entire solution or if your last bowel movements were clear enough that you were able to see the bottom of the toilet, you should be fine. It is OK if you have some flecks of material. The yellow color is a result of bile that normally colors feces. This shouldn’t interfere with the examination.

My bottom is so sore. What can I do?
Avoid rubbing when cleaning the area. Gently pat with a wet washcloth. Apply VaselineTM,
Preparation HTM, or DesitinTM liberally.

Why do I need a driver? Why can’t I take a taxi home?
The sedation you are given makes it unsafe for your to operate a vehicle or any type of machinery. You need a trustworthy individual to ensure that you make it into your home safely. In addition, you need someone that we can give instructions to after the procedure since you will most likely not be able to remember these after anesthesia.

Does the person who will be driving me home after my procedure need to stay while I’m having the procedure done?
Yes, following the procedure, the physician will speak with the family member/driver with your

Can I chew gum or suck on candy?
Yes, but nothing with a soft center or red color.

Can I brush my teeth?
Please do.

Can I wear my dentures?
Yes, you may wear your dentures to the endoscopy suite. However, you may be asked to remove them prior to the procedure.

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